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Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service Smuggling Interdiction and Trade Compliance (SITC) Officer (Operational Analyst) in Location Negotiable After Selection, United States

Summary You will serve as a technical consultant who provides operational guidance to Plant Protection and Quarantine (PPQ) Supervisors and Managers to coordinate operations with officials in other Federal Agencies, State Cooperators, industry, national and local law enforcement officials, and experts for impacted programs. You will consult, cooperate, and enlist the aid of Federal Agencies that have informational databases that can be used for selectivity of suspect smugglers and cargo shipments. Responsibilities The duties may include, but are not limited to: Collects information from a wide range of sources and prepared reports on such items as problem pathways, interdiction activities, violators, and suspect companies. Processes trade and inspection alerts through the SITC National Operations Manager, SITC National Director, State Plant Health Director (SPHD), and notifications to the field. Analyzes data and intelligence, and reviews data for compliance, smuggling interdiction trends, smuggling techniques and interception rates. Researches and provides pathway analysis for trade compliance on various prohibited products found in interior markets. Reviews and provides recommendations based on systematic evaluation and monitoring of activities for necessary changes in field operations. Analyzes and evaluates data in order to identify trends in pest pathways at ports of entry. Requirements Conditions of Employment Qualifications Applicants must meet all qualifications and eligibility requirements by the closing date of the announcement, including specialized experience and/or education, as defined below. BASIC REQUIREMENT: Degree in biological sciences, agriculture, natural resource management, chemistry, or related disciplines appropriate to the position. OR Combination of education and experience: Courses equivalent to a major, as shown above, plus appropriate experience or additional education. FOR THE GS-12 LEVEL: Applicants must have one year of specialized experience (equivalent to the GS-11 level) that may have been obtained in the private or public (local, county, state, Federal) sectors which demonstrates: Work with the regulated community and external stakeholders to achieve compliance with smuggling State and Federal regulations such as: shipping requirements, carriers modes and industry practices. Leading data analysis special project groups. Collect, analyze and reports agricultural data from various databases regarding potential prohibited imports, violators, and interdictions. Create and use spreadsheets or databases to create analytical reports on hardware, software and services. Performs quantitative & qualitative analysis utilizing Excel, Access, i2, databases, etc. Note: There is no education substitution for this grade level. TRANSCRIPTS are required. This position requires specific coursework or a degree in a specific field to be basically qualified. This education must have been successfully completed and obtained from an accredited school, college, or university Experience refers to paid and unpaid experience, including volunteer work done through National Service programs (e.g., Peace Corps, AmeriCorps) and other organizations (e.g., professional, philanthropic, religious, spiritual, community, student, social). Volunteer work helps build critical competencies and can provide valuable training and experience that translates directly to paid employment. You will receive credit for all qualifying experience, including volunteer experience. Education Please see above for education qualification requirement information. Additional Information Career Transition Assistance Plan (CTAP), Reemployment Priority List (RPL), or Interagency Career Transition Assistance Plan (ICTAP): Visit the OPM website for information on how to apply as a CTAP, RPL, or ICTAP eligible. To exercise selection priority for this vacancy, CTAP/RPL/ICTAP candidates must meet the basic eligibility requirements and all selective factors. CTAP/ICTAP candidates must be rated and determined to be well qualified (or above) based on an evaluation of the competencies listed in the How You Will Be Evaluated section. When assessed through a score-based category rating method, CTAP/ICTAP applicants must receive a rating of at least 85 out of a possible 100. First time hires to the federal government normally start at the lowest rate of the salary range for the grade selected. Travel, transportation, and relocation expenses will not be paid. Any travel, transportation, and relocation expense associated with reporting for duty will be the responsibility of the selected employee. This position may be eligible to telework up to four days per week, based upon the duties of the position. This position may also be eligible for flexible work arrangements as determined by agency policy and any applicable collective bargaining agreements. Locality pay will vary based upon the selectee's duty location. A final salary determination will be made upon selection. Location negotiable after selection and the selectee will be required to have a duty location at one of the local PPQ offices within the contiguous United States prior to entry on duty. This position is covered by a bargaining union.